I've just resigned from the Labour Party

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    I've just resigned from the Labour Party
    Dear General Secretary,

    One week ago I decided to destroy my Labour Party membership card and cancel my subscription. This letter is intended to be a formal statement of resignation, which should also help to make clear the reasons why I have resigned. I believe that, in a wide variety of ways, the Government no longer maintains the principles or represents the interests of those who elected it. Neither has the Party’s behaviour in government been appropriate to the traditions of the Labour Movement.

    Despite some appearances to the contrary, I feel that the Government has failed even to make a serious effort to resolve the most important of our socio-economic problems – those being deep inequality, industrial failure, and a failure of culture expressed in the ugly, joyless, crime-ridden spaces of modern British towns. We have not even begun to tackle the Thatcher society, defined broadly as education for the rich, representation for Southern finance as opposed to Northern industry and labour, perverse anti-Europeanism, and an economically distorting property obsession. We will all live in windswept, ugly TV suburbs of tawdry yellow bricks, slaving in third-rate PFI businesses to keep the property bubble going, so we can buy imports and pretend to be Americans. Constant traffic on a million identically landscaped roundabouts poisons the air. Meanwhile, to keep us all happy, the Sun parrots whatever risible scares the Downing Street press office has fed it. It is Thatcher’s world, and it is yours.

    Six months ago, I could still take pride in the successful return to Europe achieved by this government, a veritable diplomatic revolution compared with the mendacious and pathetic nonsense of John Major. Now this is gone. Joining the European single currency, the clearest possible move to identify Britain with the hope of a better world, now appears impossible due to the damage done by British acquiescence in Mr. Bush’s campaign against the institutions of the West. The achievement of the St. Malo declaration on European defence has also been thrown away, as evidenced by the recent summit of the weak in Brussels. Closer to home, we still have no evident policy to realise Mr. Gordon Brown’s frequent declarations of the need to close the productivity gap. Failure abounds, as does inaction. We have done very little to prepare for a renewable energy economy. The destruction of real, productive, growth-leading industries in favour of grubby City interests continues. Fancy accounting and PFIs enrich the dodgiest of property sharks and form the sharp end of Mr. Blair’s strange obsession with humiliating public sector workers.

    Beyond policy, the smug immorality of the Cabinet has done much to drive me from the Party. Geoff Hoon’s vile recent performance is a case in point. The propaganda rant about supposed executions of British PoWs can only have been viciously cruel to the relatives of the dead men, whether true or not. If it was, as I suspect, propagandistic, it was disgusting. If it was the truth, then it was an outrageous breach of the Army’s covenant. I will not dwell on the appalling cluster-bomb remark, to avoid vomiting. The oh-so-convenient terrorist scares, the vicious pandering anti-French campaign, the refugee bullying – all these demonstrate a bankruptcy of principles. The deliberate assault on the weak is not the spirit of Socialism but of Fascism. (One may recall that according to Sidney and Beatrice Webb, the spirit of socialism is revolt.) I do not believe that the Government even attempts any more to act in favour of the powerless against the powerful, the only direction in which solutions to Britain’s problems lie. We are obsessed with creating tabloid stories of bullying to satisfy Tebbit-minded editors. The heart of the matter is the nasty clique around Mr. Blair (a potentially great Foreign Secretary who ruined himself by reading about John F. Kennedy) – or, as we may call it, the No. 10 Bad Ideas Task Force. I cannot see myself as a member under Blair or a Blair/Thatcher person such as Mr. Alan Milburn, Mr. David Blunkett, or Mr. Geoff Hoon. I resign from the Labour Party in order to live in truth as an independent socialist. To remain in it would be to take part in an organised lie.

    Yours sincerely,
     
  2. I would love to resign from the Labour Party.  Trouble is I would have had to join it first.
     
  3. ...or be allowed to...... :mad:
     
  4. woopert

    woopert LE Moderator

    Well having read this person's letter (s)he would subscribe to living in a nation where:

    A move backwards (economically) to an industrially based economy (which is subject now more than ever to market obsolescence and thus decline and inevitable recession) from a growing service sector market.

    The %age ownership of one's own home being an indicator of economic prosperity, this individual would have us all move into publicly owned property thus relegating us to 3rd world status as well as denying property owners the ability to raise finance capital secured on the ownership of their own home? Extrapolating that final point, most entrepreneurs capitalise their homes when starting up SME's which are the engine of the British economy, therefore as well as denying the average man on the street the ability to secure loans, this would also kill off the SME sector of economic growth for the nation.

    This would be a headlong march towards European fedralism that denys us the ability to make our own laws, set our own taxes, govern our own people, and secure our own borders? This would be the same Europe that has introduced red=tape and business stifling legislation such as the Working Time Directive, which has costs thousands of enrty-level jobs and kept people willing to work out of the job market and which prevents SMEs from growing and generating prosperity?

    Campaign against the West? Surely not? And since when has joining the Euro been in Britain's best economic interests? Enough evidence exists to prove this point to the contrary.

    Thankfully! Again, a whole argument against this treatise exists which is far too lengthy for a single retort.

    i.e. policies of tax-and-spend thus reducing real income, fuelling inflation, driving up debt interest in the consumer market, and achieveing little except more waste in the public sector as a greater %age of the extra revinue collected (taxes) is spent on administering the taxation system. This does not account for the thousands of SMEs which would go to the wall as a result of higher taxation, nor the loss in spending within the economy as a result of the reduction in spending power which would cripple economic growth in this country. Unless of course, this individual would rapidly and massively expand the public sector with lots of jobs for the Guardian reading boys? Perhaps this is the route to full employment, finding jobs through the Guardian for the truely useless in society.

    Such as? The financial services sector is still the leading net income generator on the trade balance sheet. Without it we are nothing but a farming and light industry based economy in decline.

    OK, so we agree on something, but that doesn't mean I like you or that I'm, your new best friend!

    Ranting! Are we sure this isn't some barking mad student who has cracked up under the pressure of finals and has gone totally schitzo? Though I thought the anti-French thing was quite in order actually.

    Code:
    One may recall that according to Sidney and Beatrice Webb, the spirit of socialism is revolt.) I do not believe that the Government even attempts any more to act in favour of the powerless against the powerful,
    Now we get to the crux of it! The childish and infantile desire to overthrough the Bourgoise and give power to the proletariat and thus establish a new world order of the ruling classes. I wonder if matey has ever read Orwell's Animal Farm?

    I'm sure Blair is quaking at night at the onset of the revolution your obviously superior intellect and economic reasoning is amassing.  ::)
     
  5. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    A fine retort Woopert.  

    I live in fear of this idiot ever being happy with a government, it would mean that we'd def. lost the plot.

    There is however, a belief, inside me somewhere, that the Tories may have gone too far at some stage in creating a duel society.  Not that I have time for a pandering social state like most of Europe but there was a reluctance to fix some basic infrastructure issues and social programs that whilst wasteful or expensive probably clearly needed doing in 1979 and desperately need doing now.  And I'm not talking about a tunnel to France.

    Still I'm alright, I don't live in blighty no more.   :D